Hydrate + Glow Sheet Mask
Pond's—best known for its legacy Cold Cream—is branching out and following East Asian beauty trends by offering sheet masks. Good news: Its Hydrate + Glow Sheet Mask is one of the better options available.
Like most sheet masks, this one comes in a foil packet that houses a cloth mask soaked in a skincare solution. "Soaked" is an understatement; in this case, the mask is super-saturated, making it a bit messy to get out of the packet, and a bit of a challenge to unfold.
Once that's accomplished, though, this mask adheres well to skin, providing instant moisture. Pond's says to keep Hydrate + Glow Sheet Mask on your face for 15 minutes, then remove it and let the excess solution soak into skin. The result is skin that feels hydrated (as claimed) and smooth.
As for the ingredients in the solution, this isn't a powerhouse anti-aging formula, but there are some skin-beneficial components, including hydrating ingredients, skin-soothing ingredients, and antioxidants. Even better: Unlike many of its competitors, this mask is fragrance free.
One note: This contains papaya extract, which has some mild exfoliating properties, which is perhaps why this mask contains "Glow" in its name. However, it can also irritate skin, and isn't as effective as leave-on exfoliants that contain AHA or BHA ingredients.
- Mask feels hydrating and soothing.
- Contains a good amount of skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Mask is super-saturated, making it a bit messy.
- Contains papaya extract, which can irritate skin.
Developed by The Pond's Institute, our Hydrate + Glow Sheet Mask, formulated with papaya extract, vitamin B3, and vitamin E, hydrates skin leaving it feeling dewy fresh and looking radiant.
Weaknesses: No products to manage blemish-prone skin.
There's over 160 years of history for this drugstore line of products, beginning with a toner in 1846 and leading to the Pond's collection of today. For the most part, Pond's has taken a cue from Dove (both are owned by Unilever) and launched several impressive products to capitalize on what current research shows skin needs to look and function its best. Some old (we mean really old) standbys still exist, including the original cold cream, but we suppose there will always be a segment of the population that remains steadfast in their devotion to a certain product. Regrettably, some of the newer items include needless irritants for skin, and thats doubly frustrating because the formulas also contain many beneficial ingredients for skin.
It's no secret that Pond's target market is women over 40. They say as much in ads and on their Web site, which takes an almost gleeful approach to what they describe as "the beauty of aging." By "beauty" they mean the increased confidence and sense of self-awareness that tends to come with agenot the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, and loss of firmness. It's an overall positive approach and one that likely appeals to many forty-something women. But what's even better is the selection of Pond's products that are affordable and that can successfully meet some of the needs of those dealing with signs of aging (in truth mostly sun damage) and trying to protect their skin. Pond's isn't as well-rounded as some of its drugstore competitors such as Olay, Neutrogena, Dove, or even, to some extent L'Oreal, but by no means should Pond's products be dismissed, either (and Dove's skin-care assortment tends to waver more than most, which makes assembling a comprehensive routine tricky).
For more information about Ponds, call (800) 909-9493 or visit www.ponds.com.
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